WOYWW 578 – Aldi Craft Haul

Morning everyone, on a grey and damp day in Pembrokeshire. I have a busy day ahead, mainly on the computer, but also planning some crafting.

If anyone would like to join in with WOYWW (What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday), Julia has the special linky thing on her blog, Stamping Ground.

My big news is that I have joined Stampin Up as a Demonstrator. Been thinking about it for a while – used to help a friend with her craft days about 10 years ago (‘Magic Hands’ – diecutting, stamping etc!) and still have a lot of friends in the crafty world who are involved in varying ways (some just to get the discount for themselves, others who are working full-time with blogging/vlogging etc).

Yesterday the special offer of an extra freebie when signing up ended, so I jumped in and grabbed lots of fantastic products for my Starter Kit (you choose £130 worth and just pay £99, and I also lots of bundles to select from for my freebie). You are going to love what I chose – think daisies, ferns and delicious colours. I will be creating lots of projects with it, and just imagine my excitement when the box arrives!

From now on my blog posts will be only featuring Stampin Up products, so this is my last chance to show off what I bought from Aldi on Monday. Some useful tools, mini die cutting machine (which includes an owl die), die storage folder, washi tape and cute stickers (although they are more like chipboard embellies). The die cutting machine was reduced to £9.99, so I couldn’t leave it behind – and it will be really useful for workshops (when we can attend them again).

You will see that I have started to add holiday accommodation to my Pembrokeshire page. These will all be dog-friendly and/or cyclist-friendly. Both are saying that they are being rapidly booked up. Obviously there are a lot of people who are missing their visits to Pembrokeshire. I have some more companies to add, and will also be featuring Pembrokeshire shopping/crafts/food & drink etc. If any of you want to make the journey west along the M4 (from 13th July), then let me know and I can help with booking accommodation etc – and meet up for a personal tour (which can include a craft workshop at the farmhouse!).

My stomach says it is breakfast time now, so I will be back later to tour around your blogs.

Ali x

WOYWW 563 – Felt Flowers

Morning everyone. I have been up for a while, but got sucked into the Facebook ‘hole that has no end’. My crafty table today has some felt flowers that I cut out on my Cricut Maker and now waiting to be glued or sewn together. I might do some embroidery on them too. They are for the anniversary celebrations for a local chapel, but that has been postponed until later in the year, so no rush now. The fabric mat for the Cricut is also sitting there with a lint roller next to it (delivered from Amazon yesterday). I saw a tip that it would help to get the last few pieces of felt fuzz off it. It has also lost all its stickiness, so will either wash it with soapy water or get a glue pen on it.

We are not self-isolating strictly here, as neither of us are in the official list, but our life is fairly isolated anyway. The only change for me at the moment is that all craft workshops/clubs are cancelled and obviously we cannot fly off to Spain. I am going out to do some grocery shopping today (need some fresh veg etc before the next booked Tesco delivery on Saturday), but going to a local village shop instead of a large supermarket. There should be lower risk of being annoyed by those panic buying, and also good to support a small business. One of the towns near us, St Davids, has a fruit/veg shop, so going to see if they are open too. My days are just as full as usual with attempting to keep our house clean/tidy, walking the dog, cycling (probably just indoors now, as I don’t want to risk an accident that requires hospital treatment), online business stuff and, of course, crafting. We also enjoy watching ‘Homes Under The Hammer’ each day!!

Stay safe everyone, and KEEP CRAFTING!

Ali x

ps Join in with What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday HERE.

About Ali

Hi, my name is Ali Wade. I am 49 at the time of typing, and live in rural Pembrokeshire with my semi-retired/dairy farmer/cycling addict hubby! I have been blogging since 2012 over on Blogger, and in 2019 I transferred over to WordPress (which is definitely a steep learning curve!).

What started as a simple blog, mainly about crafting, is now progressing into a website that will showcase my sources of passive income. I have Fibromyalgia, Hyper Mobility Syndrome and Psoriasis, and have not been able to work outside the home for many years. We are planning to move away from our dairy farm business – both in terms of the actual physical running of it (we have a contractor providing the labour and machinery now) and also spending more of the year in Spain. Therefore, we are looking at other ways of providing income for our later years (we are far too young to retire!). My passion for crafting and design, combined with other interests, is leading me to develop this ‘lifestyle blog’.

I am an affiliate – for several companies that I have been learning/shopping with for years – with others coming soon.

I am concentrating mainly on developing Passive Income, as that fits best with my chronic health conditions.

However, I have started offering Tarot and Rune Readings professionally again. Email me at hello@aliwade.com if you need some guidance (for you and/or your pet).

I have a long To Do List for developing this website, so please bear with me. The design and content will be changing a lot in the next few weeks.

17th June 2020